Financial Aid and Scholarships
Students who already receive financial aid and who intend to participate in a Global Education program sponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges will continue to receive financial aid (excluding work study) for the time they are off-campus. Any student, even those not currently receiving financial aid, can apply for aid based on economic eligibility.
Financial aid applications will be available in early January for the following academic year. Students desiring an early evaluation should have the application completed and mailed to the processing center by the deadline determined by the Financial Aid Office. A photocopy of the application must be sent directly to the Financial Aid Office on campus at the same time.
All off campus programs sponsored by the Colleges require a non-refundable deposit of $350.00. If this payment presents a significant and demonstrable burden, an applicant should submit a deposit waiver request form, available from the Business Office, which would allow payment of a reduced deposit. The Financial Aid Office should be alerted at the time the application for the program is submitted.
Students who apply for and are granted permission to participate in a non-HWS program will not receive institutional aid from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Students should also check into how their other financial aid may be affected by participation in an off campus study program sponsored by another institution. Finally, students who know that they will be off-campus during the application period for financial aid for the following year must make arrangements to complete all application materials in advance or from off-campus. Late applicants will be penalized.
Students with questions about financial aid matters should seek the advice of the financial aid officers on campus well in advance of submitting their applications for participation.
The following are descriptions and links to scholarship opportunities that we strongly recommend that you apply for, since these awards can be put towards the cost of your HWS study abroad program.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship provides qualified students up to $5,000 for a semester or academic year study abroad program. (Open only to Federal Pell Grant recipients – check with the financial aid office if you’re not sure if you are a recipient of the Pell Grant). You should begin the process in January for fall programs and in August for spring programs.
The Foundation for Global Scholars offers scholarships ranging from $1000 - $2500.
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) offers 15 scholarships of up to $10,000 per semester to students from U.S. institutions. FEA’s scholarships were established to recognize American students who seek to participate in study abroad programs known for their academic rigor, language study, service learning component and/or immersion elements, especially those who represent groups that are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad and/or those who choose non-traditional locations. Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship, for example, is awarded to a student studying in Vietnam who wants to give back to the community, while the Rainbow Scholarship is open to deserving LGBTQ students. For all FEA scholarships, note that there is ONE annual deadline in November for the following academic year. Spring applicants will need to apply for these scholarships in November, even though this is BEFORE they are admitted to a program.
The Global Studies Foundation offer three grants of $1000 each to undergraduates studying abroad who are focused on language acquisition. Preference is given to those engaged in languages of ‘critical’ interest (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian) but students doing any language intensive program will receive consideration. There is one annual deadline, July 1st, for all semester long programs.
The LIVFund Scholarship awards $500 to students traveling abroad to Latin America to learn, intern or volunteer (eligible HWS programs include Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Ecuador/Peru.) Students participating in short-term study programs and alternative spring break trips are also eligible to apply. Applicants who are awarded the scholarship must agree to post at least three 3 blog entries on the LIVFund blog detailing their abroad experience. Applicants may apply at any time, beginning six 6 months in advance of their program start date. The online scholarship application can be accessed at the website.
National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides undergraduates committed to learning “critical” languages (see website for details) with resources they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to U.S. security. Open to college students for study in less-commonly studied areas. There is a service requirement for recipients. Awards are up to $10,000 for one semester. The deadline is normally in early February, so only those going on fall programs will be able to apply.
Mabel Farnum and CGE Travel Grants provide small sums towards student airfare for abroad programs. All students accepted to HWS programs will be sent information and an application form by email from the CGE in the semester before they leave for their program. Note that Mabel Farnum grants are for William Smith students only.
Student International Initiatives Fund grants (or SIIF grants), provide students with funds (budget permitting) to undertake a project during their program that helps them explore a topic of interest while digging deeper into the culture they are exploring abroad. Contact Doug Reilly for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(After consulting the websites for the various scholarships listed below and printing out the application forms, please see Amy Teel in the CGE office if you plan to apply for any of these scholarships so she can advise you further.)
- ASE (Advanced Studies in England) offers supplemental scholarships to HWS students who have been selected to attend their semester program in Bath.
- CIEE (Council on International Education Exchange) offers supplemental scholarships to HWS students who have been selected to attend their semester program in Budapest.
- CIEE (Council on International Education Exchange) offers supplemental scholarships to HWS students who have been selected to attend their semester program in China.
- DIS (Danish Institute for Study Abroad) offers need-based scholarships to HWS students who have been selected to attend their semester program in Copenhagen. These are very competitive, so only students with significant financial need and special circumstances should apply. Note that you must go through Amy Teel in the CGE office to apply for this scholarship.
- API (Academic Programs International) has a variety of scholarships ranging from $250 - $1000 for students accepted to their Costa Rica program. Deadline for fall programs June 10. Deadline for spring programs October 15. Students participating on an API program who have been awarded a Gilman scholarship will be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in matching contributions from API. To receive this award, Gilman winners should indicate their scholarship details on their financial aid information after acceptance to an API study abroad program.
- BUTEX offers £500 scholarships that will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. The scholarships are open to semester-long students attending a member university or organization in the UK (Edinburgh Napier University is a member.) The deadline to apply for fall 2015/spring 2016 programs is June 15, 2015.
Germany (Berlin, Bremen, Landau, Leipzig and Tuebingen)
- DAAD provides information on the German higher education system and has a database on scholarships and funding for study in Germany.
- IES offers various scholarships to students accepted to the Berlin IES program.
- The Julius G. Blocker ’53 Endowed Fund is a grant program designed specifically for HWS students studying in Germany in any of our locations. In order to qualify for funding students must be accepted to participate in one of the Colleges’ off-campus programs in Germany, take German language courses prior to going abroad and while in Germany, and take courses dealing with some aspect of German culture during their abroad program and back on the HWS campus. Recipients of the Blocker Fellowship will also be expected to share their experiences with the HWS community following completion of their study abroad program. Contact Tom D’Agostino, Associate Dean for Global Education (email@example.com) or Professor Eric Klaus (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or consult the website.
- The Study in Japan Endowment Fund is a grant program designed specifically for HWS students studying in Japan. In order to qualify for funding students must be accepted to participate in the Colleges’ off-campus program in Hikone, Japan. In addition, grant recipients must develop a plan to share their experiences with the HWS community following completion of their study abroad program. Contact Tom D’Agostino, Associate Dean for Global Education (email@example.com) for more information.
- The US-Japan Bridging Foundation awards scholarships to U.S. undergraduates to study for one semester or academic year in Japan. The Foundation aims to expand the opportunities for study abroad in Japan to help prepare America's young people to assume future global leadership roles. Students must be accepted into a program in Japan. Bridging Scholarships do not cover tuition but allow for stipends of $2,500 for the semester to cover travel and daily cost-of-living expenses.
- SIT (School of International Training) offers various scholarships to HWS students accepted to their program in Amman, Jordan. The awards range from $550 - $5500. SIT also provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to any SIT semester program.
- FIE (The Foundation for International Education) offers the Sharif Rahman Scholarship to students accepted to the FIE program in London. The $1,000 scholarships are available for semester-based programs only and application is by written competition.
- Maastricht Travel Enrichment Grant – students accepted to the Maastricht program will be invited to submit applications for a grant of up to $500 to undertake independent academic/cultural enrichment activities during the course of their semester abroad. The purpose of this grant fund is to encourage students to immerse themselves in the local culture and/or learn more about something of particular academic or personal interest. These activities may take place in Maastricht, another location in the Netherlands or in any location within Europe. Accepted students will be contacted about this opportunity in the semester before departure.
- BUTEX offers £500 scholarships that will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. The scholarships are open to semester-long students attending a member university or organization in the UK (UEA in Norwich is a member.) The deadline to apply for fall 2015/spring 2016 programs is June 15, 2015.
- CIEE (Council on International Education Exchange) offers supplemental scholarships to HWS students who have been selected to attend their semester program in Rennes.
- API has a variety of scholarships ranging from $250 - $1000 for students accepted to their Seville, Spain program. Deadline for fall programs is in June. Deadline for spring programs is in October. Students participating on an API program who have been awarded a Gilman scholarship will be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in matching contributions from API. To receive this award, Gilman winners should indicate their scholarship details on their financial aid information after acceptance to an API study abroad program.
- Critical Language Scholarships - CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Some language scholarships are available to beginners while others are available to intermediate or advanced students. The scholarship covers the following languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu.
RESOURCES FOR ADDITIONAL FINANCING
Goabroad.com has put together a list of scholarships for study abroad searchable by country and/or subject area.
Studyabroad.com provides a list of study abroad scholarships and grants with clickable links to various sources of funding.
University of Minnesota's Learning Abroad Center’s website includes a search engine that can be used to identify scholarships and other sources of funding to support international experiences.
The Fulbright Fellowship Program offers opportunities for recent graduates, postgraduate candidates, and others to conduct career-launching study and research abroad. This is a very competitive program, so plan early! You should talk to Scott McPhail in Career Services before applying.
The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a prestigious, competitive, national scholarship to enable American citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 to pursue one year of post-graduate study in any discipline offered at institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Marshall Scholarships are awards for graduate study in any field at a British university. Occasionally these are awarded for undergraduate study.
Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees.
St. Andrew's Society of the State of New York provides scholarships to promote cultural interchange and goodwill between Scotland and the United States. Applicants must be Americans of some Scottish descent and must be college seniors living in or within 250 miles of New York State with a desire to pursue a graduate program in Scotland. The scholarship provides funds of up to $20,000 to be used initially against tuition, then board, transportation, and other expenses. Deadline to apply: December 15 of your senior year.
Center for Global Education
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
300 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: (315) 781-3307
Fax: (315) 781-3023